Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, August 7

Lolo Paniolo (No. 3) surges to victory under Edgar Velasco


AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 7, 2021) – Lolo Paniolo wore down Wine At Nine in deep stretch and scored a 1 ¼-length victory in the $15,000 Corona Purse for 3-year-olds and up Saturday night at Emerald Downs.

With substitute rider Edgar Velasco aboard, Lolo Paniolo covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.69 and paid $6.20 as the second choice in the wagering. Tim McCanna is the winning trainer and co-owner with Al Hodge and Daniel Dapper.

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Paynter, Lolo Paniolo has won three straight and is 3-1-0 in four starts since being claimed for $8,000 in May. His overall mark is 7-1-0 in 24 starts with earnings of $73,906.
There were some anxious moments, however, as Lolo Paniolo was blocked into the lane and had to angle out for racing room in mid-stretch before rallying once clear for the victory.

Wine At Nine, ridden by Javier Matias, set fractions of :22.59, :45.30 and 1:10.20, nearly bagging his 21st career victory and 18th at Emerald Downs.

The Press, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, finished third while Wilson to Lockett, Mixo, Swamp Souffle and Grinder Sparksaglo rounded out the order of finish.

Nice going, McKenna!

NOTES: Total mutuel handle was $1,079,313 on the eight-race card. . . Apprentice jockey McKenna Anderson of Enumclaw scored her maiden victory aboard Tippytap On Sand ($40.40) in Saturday’s sixth race for trainer Dione Asmussen. Congratulations McKenna! . . .Julien Couton rode three winners and begins Sunday two wins away from the 1,000 mark. . .2-year-old filly Koron ($12.60) debuted with a one-length victory over Akasi in Saturday’s $20,350 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. Trained by Kay Cooper for Blue Ribbon Racing Ladies and ridden by Javier Matias, Koron is the younger sister of Emerald Downs’ multiple winners La Una and Cascade Dancer. . .8-year-old gelding Iron Rob ($2.40) made it three straight wins with an 11 ¾-length blowout in the opener, running 5 ½ panels in 1:03.54. . .Jockey Juan Gutierrez was off his mounts, still sore after Thursday’s sixth race spill, but is expected to return Sunday. . .Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2:30 p.m.